A look at recent campaigns from Rosalía, Black Midi, Music Declares Emergency, and Odesza.
There’s a growing base of knowledge about the different ways music festivals could become more climate-friendly, but putting them into practice is the challenge.
A new study by researchers at the University of Glasgow explores music fans’ attitudes towards the climate emergency.
We’ve tended to write about the climate emergency and wellbeing issues separately, but a new partnership between Universal Music Group and The Mental Health Coalition combines the two issues.
The campaign has published a ‘Climate Pack’ designed to help artists and music companies join the fight to tackle the climate emergency.
The charity’s existing ‘creative green tools’ have been customised for independent labels, including a helpdesk to get them up and running with carbon accounting.
What do music fans think about the climate emergency in relation to the music industry? Beggars Group wants to find out.
Music Declares Emergency is the UK-based campaign aiming to help the music industry play a part in tackling the climate emergency. Now it has announced plans for a one-day conference in London on 17 October,
Climate Blowout, with industry executives and artists “imagining a greener music industry”. The opening address will come from Mike Smith, global president of Downtown Music, and also a trustee of Earth Percent.
That’s the organisation launched earlier this year to encourage artists and music companies to commit a small percentage of their revenues to a fund that will support climate projects. Further panelists will be announced soon, and there will be performances in the evening from a range of artists too.
Peter Quicke isn’t just the managing director of independent label Ninja Tune and chair of British indies body AIM. He’s also a co-founder of Music Declares Emergency, the working group set up last year to drive the music industry’s response to the climate emergency.
At AIM’s London conference this week, AIM Connected, Quicke addressed what he sees as the central question underpinning this: “What can music do to fix the climate crisis?”
Quicke had recently returned from a meeting in Brussels with Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s executive vice president, who’s leading the EC’s work on the European Green Deal and its commitments to reduce emissions.
Too often, still, the climate emergency is seen by even-senior politicians as an opportunity for puerile stunts of political point-scoring – and this at a time when researchers are warning that the planet may already have crossed a series of climate ‘tipping points’, where certain impacts of global heating take on a momentum of their own.
In Music Ally’s domain, though, what has been encouraging in 2019 has been the music industry’s growing engagement with the climate emergency. One of the latest examples being an organisation in the UK called Music Declares Emergency, which has today been given independent body Impala’s ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award.
“This movement seizes the power of the music sector to take action and inspire change. It is important to join forces and to encourage collective action for climate,” said Impala’s executive chair Helen Smith, encouraging artists and music-industry bodies to sign the movement’s declaration, which was first announced in July this year. Among its promises: “We acknowledge the environmental impact of music industry practices and commit to taking urgent action.”